Event Rentals at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Event Rentals at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

bubblepartyThe Hahn Horticulture Garden is the perfect place to host your meeting, reception, anniversary celebration, bridal shower, or other special event!

A rental of the Hahn Horticulture Garden includes the use of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion and the ability to rent a tent or other items to host your event on one of our public lawns or the outdoor terrace. Your caterer of choice can work out of the pavilion kitchen or utilize our outdoor space.

The Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion can comfortably host about 40 people for a seated meal, or 50 for a reception style event. Rentals include use of the Hahn Garden’s tables and chairs. We have eight rectangular banquet tables, six cocktail tables, and fifty chairs. With a garden rental you are able rent a tent, table rounds, and chairs from any vendor to place in the garden. For larger events (over 50 people) we suggest renting a tent (up to 40’ x 60’) to place on one of our broad lawns and utilizing the pavilion for staging and restrooms.

Check out our Private Rentals Quick Facts for more information about renting the pavilion and pricing. Rates vary depending on the length of rental (four or eight hour rentals), amount of people, day of the week, and if you will be renting a tent. Please email our Events Team at hahngardenrentals@vt.edu for more information about renting the pavilion.

Event Insurance is required for all events not related to Virginia Tech.

The Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, completed June 9, 2006, offers a delightful staging area for weddings and other special events held in the garden. French doors open from the 660 sq. ft. multipurpose room to an ample porch and the lawn beyond. The entire building is ADA compliant, including kitchen and restrooms. Front entrance and porch is "on grade" for easy access from surrounding area.


  • Interior total including offices and restrooms: 2,200sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose room interior: 26' x 25' . 660 sq. ft.
  • French doors open to surrounding porch (under roof): three sides at 7' deep . 400 sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose area under roof including room and porch: 1,060 sq. ft. * Hall, lobby, and entrance alcove (can be used as overflow for multipurpose room) . 320 sq. ft.
  • Total covered public space available for staging event . 1,380 sq. ft. (includes hall, lobby, alcove, multipurpose room, and covered porch).

Other Amenities

  • Six silver high-top tables and 50 chairs
  • Projection screen
  • Wireless LAN via VT Wireless
  • Galley kitchen: 12' x 9', 108 sq. ft. (includes electric range and stove, sinks, and refrigerator).
  • Restrooms: Men's has one handicapped-accessible stall and two urinals.Women's has three stalls (one handicapped-accessible).
  • High and low drinking fountains near restrooms.
  • Small changing room (54 sq. ft.) accessible from women's restroom.
  • Multipurpose room has two recessed work areas with counter tops; one with double sink. - Can be exposed or hidden behind aluminum doors.
  • All interior spaces have full climate control (heating and cooling).
  • Two ceiling fans in the hall and two in the multipurpose room.
  • Recessed lighting throughout, including porch.

Important notes:

  • Most private events are not required to have an ABC permit to serve alcoholic beverages, but the unversity reserves the right to request one when reviewing/approving events. However, any caterer working on campus must obtain an ABC permit to serve alcoholic beverages (many local caterers already have the license).
  • Campus regulations require a tent permit 30 days before the event through VT Facilities for tents larger than 900 sq ft. We can take care of this for you.
  • Event insurance is required for all weddings as well as any groups not affiliated with VT.
  • We are unable to restrict garden access to classes, students, and the general public who may be passing through the gardens. Our experience has been that students and visitors have been very respectful of special events.
  • While we try to alert people to possible university and community conflicts that will increase traffic to the garden it is ultimately your responsibility to check before booking. Events that might increase garden traffic include high school prom and homecoming dances, university graduations, university athletic events, and more. We recommend avoiding dates when there is a large event on campus. Please visit the University Calendar web site http://www.calendar.vt.edu for information on campus events. We have no control over campus events outside of the garden. It is your responsibility to be sure there is not a large event taking place at the university or the surround communities on your chosen date.

For a complete list of rental rules and regulations please see our rental policies document.